Christine (1983) Movie Review

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Christine (1983)

1983 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Mystery
110 minutes / 1h 50min

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Christine Plot Synopsis:

In 1957, in Detroit, a red Plymouth Fury is built and is the cause of two accidents, one of them fatal, still in the assembly line. Twenty-one years later, the outcast and bullied nerd Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham is getting a ride with his best and only friend Dennis Guilder and he sees the wrecked car for sale in a garden. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car. The car was given the name Christine by its first owner. He brings the car to a repair shop of the despicable Will Darnell and works hard to restore the classic car. While he works in the restoration, he changes his personality to a cocky teenager and he dates the most beautiful girl in the high-school, Leigh Cabot. Soon Arnie becomes selfish and jealous of the supernatural Christine that kills everyone that is a threat to them.

Christine (1983) Review

Christine (1983) is an American horror film that was shot in several locations in California, USA and is based on the Stephen King 1983 novel of the same name. Director John Carpenter (Halloween (1978), Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981), They Live (1988)) flourished at directing this incredibly beautiful movie. Christine is an excellent film but is not the best film that Stephen King has written or that John Carpenter directed. You can see that John tries to include his audience in the actions with his subjective camerawork, but I did not feel as though I was going along the same journey as the protagonist and did not feel much emotions towards the film.

Christine takes place in 1978 where a vintage Plymouth Fury car name Christine has an effect on its owner who is a teenager. The 1958 Plymouth Fury car was bought at a junkyard and as you can guess has a mind of its own as it became one dangerous, jealous and murderous vehicle that appears to be possessed by a demonic entity that seeks vengeance.

Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon - A Midnight Clear (1992), The Singing Detective (2003), Waking the Dead (2000), Mother Night (1996)) is not a popular kid as he is awkward. His only friend is Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell - Blue Crush (2002), Top Gun (1986), Into the Blue (2005), Turistas (2006)) but that is not for long. Arnie bought a used 1958 Plymouth Fury red-and-white whose nickname is Christine and needed major work to restore it. Arnie began changing the way he looks and carries himself as he spends more and more time restoring Christine. He started dressing differently, stopped wearing his glasses and became arrogant amongst other traits that I did not like. Arnie’s friend, Leigh Cabot (Alexandra Paul - Baywatch (1992-1997), Dragnet (1987), 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)) discovered that Christine’s previous owner was obsessed with the car and died from carbon monoxide poisoning. What happens next is for you to find out in this 1980s movie.

I enjoyed the special effects as they were done nicely and it made me remember the Transformers because the car, Christine can restore itself from a rusty piece of metal to one beautiful piece of work. Thrill-seekers will not be disappointed as there is enough suspense, thrills, shocks and shivers to keep you on your toes throughout the film. I enjoyed watching this movie growing up as it was spectacular in the 1980s but I do not have the same experience now.

  • Christine Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 5.93
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.9

About Christine 1983

Title: Christine
Year: 1983
Runtime: 110 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.97/5 stars from 60,436 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 60,436
MPAA Rating: R
Christine Cast Starring: Joe Unger, Harry Dean Stanton, Stuart Charno, Kelly Preston, John Michael Quinn, Art Evans, Bruce French, Richard Collier, John Richard Petersen, Keith Gordon, Robert Prosky, Roberts Blossom, Malcolm Danare, Steven Tash, Charles Gallant, Marc Poppel, Kelly Gallant, Robert Darnell, Joel S. Rice, Dawna Oak, Douglas Warhit, Alexandra Paul, Keri Montgomery, Jan Burrell, Charlie Steak, John Stockwell, Mohhib Jivan, Daniel A. Lomino, Christine Belford, John Madden
Christine Writers: Stephen King, Bill Phillips
Christine Director: John Carpenter
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA